My friends think I'm ridiculous because I won't take my swim suit cover off when I go to the beach. They just don't understand... I have cellulite!! It's very noticeable & I don't understand why it's there. I exercise frequently. I'm medium/slender. It WILL NOT GO AWAY! I can't afford to go to a doctor about this one. The only way anyone could get me to go is if my life were in danger. If any of you have any advice that could be valuable to me, please, let me know. I'd appreciate every word of it.
Check out Teresa Tapp. She is about age 51, was a Pre-med student when her life took a different course. She is a great teacher and has really studied this stuff. Her exercises work well and get you fit but also keep you healthy. She is all about the lymphatic system....don't get me started! I have been so healthy since studying the concepts on how our bodies work...
But, she has a program called "Body Brushing" and it has been very helpful for me. You can find information on her website. She does have some exercises on the site so that you can "Try before you buy" but I think for the Body Brushing technique you would have to purchase the kit. The brush will last forever and the brushing itself takes about five minutes a day. Really revs you up, too.
Here is some more information on the Body Brushing I mentioned. I guess the reason I initially was intrigued with this concept is because having worked with special needs kids for years, I knew that "brushing" was a soothing technique used for some of the kids. It helped in many ways. It stimulated the lymphatic system, so I was aware that it was a good thing.
After I bought my rebounder I found so much information about how and why it works and all about the lymphatic system, formerly known as the circulatory system. Rebounding and the lymphatic system go hand in hand.
Lymphatic system, white blood cell formation, inflamation (inflammation), wather retention...felt like I was getting a Master's degree in this subject area. And, all I wanted to do was bounce away! But, then the brushing technique was mentioned and it spoke of stimulating the lymphatic system to help rid the body of celulite and to tighten the skin.
So, when Teresa Tapp, whom I greatly admire, wrote of using the brushing to help rid the body of celulite, I was very interested. You might have seen my post on the thread below...I have been studying this stuff for some time now. I mostly stay with what has worked for me, but always interested in learning new things.
I know this information is more of a "Teaser"..sorry about that. But, thought I would post it since it does give a bit more information.
Cellulite Is Not Just Fat!
One of the best kept secrets of the modeling industry is that models get cellulite. for years, we've been told that cellulite is fat and nothing more. Well, I have seen thousands of models with "bumps" on their buns/thighs and they sure didn't have any excess fat on their bodies! We've also been told that if we exercise, cellulite goes away. Well, I've seen hundreds of women who work out all the time, and although they are "fit". they still have cellulite. I think women deserve to know what's involved with cellulite production and how our body can eliminate it. The CRT
I hear you. Great to get free information. And, it is so great that you have had success with this program. I actually developed a similar program while in college, dropped over 40 pounds and have maintained that weight loss since then (I am 53 now).
But, I was able to greatly improve the performance and shape of my body through aerobic activity. And, although I love my rebounder and box stepper, I frequently do exactly as you suggested. I dance.
Covert Bailey is my big hero (see my post to the thread below if you care to read more on my story) and when I first started to follow his advice (back in '82...yikes!)dancing was one of the exercises he suggested. So, I just invented my own dancing in place and turned my music way up. In my case it was critical that I monitered my heart rate so that I could do the exercise effeciently (and I have benign tachycardia, too) and really understand what I was doing. But, have to tell you, it was fun. It still is fun. I have been doing some form of exercise at least 4 days a week since the early 80's and it has paid off big time.
T. Tapp is great though, in that she explains so much about the lymphatic system. And, she started out working with cancer victims (mostly those in the hospital having chemotherapy...her Mom died of brain cancer when Teresa was only 6 years old). Having had my own struggle with ovarian cancer, I am always interested in hearing about ways to improve our immune system and to keep our bodies healthy.
I agree with Mary. Just dancing isn't going to do it.
There are lots of professional dancers (and top notch athletes) with cellulite.
It's also determined by genetics.
Just curious, are you a man or a woman?
Wow! Thank you so much! I actually just started dance classes last Thursday. I had been wanting to do hip hop lessons for some time now. I guess one of my problems then is… I don’t drink enough water!? I work out everyday too! I do kickbacks with my legs & squats hoping that I can get that smoothness I desire. I can’t wear thin cloth (like my work pants) or you can see it. It’s so embarrassing for me. My whole family has problems with cellulite in the same areas as I do. We all have “apple bottoms” that are dimply & we are all embarrassed by it. I will look into the whole brushing technique & of course I WILL TRY IT. I work so hard trying to work against the cellulite it’s not even right that I can’t “shake it off”. I’m always inconsistent with my diet. I am a struggling young lady & I pretty much “make do” w/ what I have stocked in the fridge or anything I come across at my workplace. The only thing I keep the same about my diet is I never eat past 6:00. I don’t like sleeping on the calories that I’ve ingested throughout the day. I didn’t really mention that I’m actually struggling with an eating disorder as well. It’s kind of hard to talk about & I don’t think it has anything to do with the cellulite that is concerning me. Or is it?
You're right solo... To the T! I'm a very sensitive person. I'm working on the whole eating disorder thing. (as well as getting rid of the horrible cellulite) & thanks live4fitness. I’ve been drinking my bottled water. Ug, I miss my diet pepsi. But yea, the squats help for me a little I think. If anything exercising makes me feel better about myself. Again, THANK YOU all for the advice. It helps a lot. Got anything else? Let me know! :)
Hi, I'm new to the site,but love the discussions. I just wanted to let everyone know that Mary Kay has a new product called
"Cellu-Shape Contouring System". It has a daytime & nightime formula you just rub into your thighs,buttocks,abdomen etc.I haven't used it but Several of my friends have & it seemed to work on cellulite by smoothing the dimpled look & people have lost 1/2 " or more also.It also works on "skinnyPeople" with cellulite.There are other products available I'm not familiar personally with them.
OKAY PEOPLE... I BELIEVE IN DANCING, EATING WELL AND VIT INTAKE. WHEN I STARTED TO LOOSE WEIGHT THE CELLULITE PROBLEM STARTED TO SHOW. I STARTED TO SWIM EVERYDAY AND DO AQUAAROBICS. I ALSO STARTED TO TAKE 1000 ML OF SOY LECITING. ALL WAS SUGGESTED BY MY BARIATRIC DOCTOR. I LOST 68 POUNDS AND I AM CELLULITE FREE. I ALSO DO MY EXCERCISES IN THE SPINNING BIKE AND THE RAW MACHINE AND STARTED A BODY TREATMENT (skin) program to promote elasticity...ADD TWO OUNCES OF (PURE) SOY OIL TO MY 12 OUNCES OF BODY CREAM AND APPLY IT EVERYDAY ALL OVER MY BODY, AND ONCES A WEEK I APPLY ROSEWATER WITH GLYCERING TO MY BATH AND SOAK AND MY SKIN LOOKS GREAT. the only astringent i use in my face is rosewater and glycerin...and believe me i dont look my age....it just did not occured to used in my body until the cellulite thing started to hunt me.
I totally agree that weight training (even just twenty minutes four time a week) will help combat cellulite. Be sure to take a day off after doing sets for particular parts of you body. Sometimes I do just lower body on one day and the next day I do upper body. Or, if I do a session where I do upper and lower body on one day, I definitely take the next day off and just do either walking or aerobics (heart monitored, of course).
Stepping up my weight training also helped me reverse bone loss which was discovered three years ago. I was a bit agasht since I have been working out forever, and I needed to increase my calcium, Vit. D, magnesium and one of the hormones I take (bioidentical progesterone) so all of that helped, but I give much credit to the increased committment to using free weights (or using my body as a weight bearing machine as in Pilates.)
RE: Accent Laser Treatment by Alma Lasers (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) I'm 4Real when I say "I'VE FOUND THE ANSWER FOR PEOPLE WITH MILD-MODERATE CELLULITE AND LOOSE SKIN"
It's called Accent Laser Treatment. Had my 1st treatment on Friday, March 2, 2007 in Philadelphia and OMG I saw an immediate improvement. FDA approval expected any day now. There are only 90 units in the U.S. so expect to travel if you're desperate, like I was. I'm also using Revitol's Cellulite Solution and Janson Beckett's AlphaDerma CE (2-3x daily) and swear by them both!
---fewer tx's than traditional laser
---NO SIDE EFFECTS
---NONE to report except for the need to travel
---However, one should be at ideal body weight to begin
Accent is meant for body refining; not a replacement for liposuction. It's perfect for "tweaking" problematic areas. Before and after treatments, you must drink lots of water to help flush (pee) out the disturbed / liquified fat. I wasn't uncomfortable during or after treatment and in fact, went shopping afterwards since I was so close to the King of Prussia Mall (a very nice escape).
Treatment for my 2-areas (ab's & bottom) cost $2800 - I've never been happier; even after having traditional liposuction 8 yr's ago. TRUTH IS - the lipo is what caused my dimpling and loose skin!
I return to Philadelphia in 2-weeks to see Dr. Victoria Falcone, Director of the Center for Body Contouring (www.custombodyshaping.com) for my 2nd Accent treatment; I'll keep everyone posted. Hopefully, I'll have pictures to post. FYI, treatments are spaced 2wk's apart so my transformation will take 12-weeks in all.
massage old coffee grinds in that area twice a week for about fifteen minutes..feels great! drink lots of green or white tea..say...a pot a day..and up your water intake to about three liters a day. of course your diet helps, but cellulite is a skin problem..not a fat problem..so lots of greens should help. you can buy a " brush" for that area that helps flush your skin out in that area. good luck..after a month of this, if it doesn't help much, then forget about it..nobody is looking at that area but you..seriously..i have some and i work out a lot and i have a nice tone.but most women have a little.
Drinking water can help to decrease cellulite, however not for the reason that you typically may listen. Water is useful for the skin, and can help improving your elasticity and make your skin look tighter and more youthful. This makes you look younger and can help tighten the skin on thighs and butt. Many "specialists" say that running, biking, and cardio are great things you can do to reduce cellulite. While this is somewhat good, its surely not the quickest or best approach to do it. I think that targeted resistance training can lead to fastest results.
Exercise is one of the best cellulite treatments. Also, eat more fiber and drink a lot of water. Use a skin brush in small circular movements to the areas with cellulite for a few minutes a few times per week will help to break down the fatty deposits that cause the dimpled appearance. You can get a body wrap to tighten and smooth your skin for a while.
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